Two days after Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s shattering interview with Oprah Winfrey, Buckingham Palace issued a four-sentence response, saying their accusations of racism and lack of support are taken “very seriously” and will be addressed by the royal family “privately.”
The statement from the palace, issued Tuesday on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Harry’s grandmother, arrived by email to USA TODAY after 5.30 p.m. London time.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning.
“While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved family members.”
The message was typical of palace statements on behalf of the queen: Calm and anything but fulsome.
It was a sharp contrast to the tsunami of media coverage across the globe, but especially in the United Kingdom and America, about the shocking revelations the Duke and Duchess of Sussex made in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired Sunday night, about why they stepped down from their royal roles and fled to America.